September 3, 2023

The Best Spots for Fall Photos in San Diego 🍁

Yes, we live in San Diego, right on the coast, and the beach works beautifully for family photo sessions no matter what time of year.

But it is fall, and, especially with the anticipation of cooler weather, you may be getting that… feeling.

You know the one.

Common signs include pulling out your apple/cinnamon/hazelnut/pumpkin/latte/spice/whatnot candles from the back of your closet, and staring longingly at pretty sweaters on display, envisioning how they’d look with your booties.

You may also find yourself happily proclaiming, “it feels like fall!” or googling “apple picking Julian,” or wondering how much longer you’ll need to keep shaving your legs.

If this sounds like you, and you’re planning a photo session, the beach just won’t cut it.

You want FALL. 🍁

As a San Diego family photographer, I’ve found some beautifully seasonal locations you’ll love.

Here they are, the best spots for fall photos in San Diego:

1) This little section of Balboa park, pictured below. Guys, I’ve never seen another photographer use it, and plentiful free parking is literally 30 feet away. And just LOOK at those rich warm tones!

Best locations for fall family photos San Diego

2) Mount Laguna. There are a couple of things I love about Mount Laguna this time of year:

  • the road trip is like a little treat,
  • it actually feels like fall up there, and
  • there’s always a warm and cozy dinner in Julian waiting for you after the session (like this favorite right here).

And take a gander at this location:

Dad and toddler son in a field in the Cuyamaca Mountains during a San Diego fall family photo session by Love Michelle Photography.

3) Mission Trails Regional Park: an annual favorite round these parts, you might have to wait in line for a spot this time of year (I’m only half-joking), but there’s a reason. You can choose from a pretty forested area, a rustic meadow surrounded by hills, or both:

A man and wife lean against a wooden fence and embrace in Mission Trails Regional Park during a San Diego fall family photo session by Love Michelle Photography.


4) This centrally located park. If you like rustic fields of gold and brown, plus white picket fences, this is the one for you:

A father hugs his young daughter in a golden San Diego field during a fall family photo session by Love Michelle Photography.

5) Did I say the beach isn’t very fall-y? I take it back. Check out this cornucopia of warm fall loveliness, especially when paired with a rich fall wardrobe, like this family has wisely done for their session.

Yes, this is the beach:

A family of 4 sitting in a golden field on Coronado beach during a San Diego fall family photo session by Love Michelle Photography



If you love the connected and emotive beauty of these photographs, see my session and pricing details here, and contact me here to discuss booking your own snuggly fall session. September 2023 is fully booked, and October has only a few dates left, so don’t delay! 🍁🍂

Happy fall!